Dr. Dorothy A. Amwata (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr Amwata has thirteen years work experience in Agriculture and Food Security, Rangeland and Natural Resource Management and Environmental Management. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Science Degree in Rangeland Resource Management. Currently she is a Lecturer and Chairman Department of Range and Wildlife Sciences, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU). Her duties include mentoring students and conducting research on sustainable dryland and environmental management as tool to transform lives in the drylands. Her Ph.D was on “Influence of climate variability and change on land-use and livelihoods in southern Rangelands of Kenya’. She does mentorship to high school and university students on life skills. Examples include SEKU, Kenya High School, Loreto High School, Wiobiero high School among others.

Dr.Amwata has a great wealth of experience on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Currently, she is supporting the African Group of Negotiators under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on the capacity building component. She is also supporting Inter-GovenrmentalAuthourity for Development (IGAD) in developing a resilience framework for Kenya in the drylands. She has previously supported the development of Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Profile (World Bank and CIAT Colombia), Evaluation of Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa supported by Climate Change and Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS-East Africa), Evaluation of the Climate Advisories in Africa supported by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Screening of Climate Smart Agriculture in selected Africa countries supported by Africa Union/NEPAD. She has also provided technical backstopping in the , development of the Comprehensive Framework on Climate Change for Africa and SADC Climate change Framework supported by African Ministerial Conference of Environment (AMCEN) among others. She is also a technical expert on the national appropriate mitigation actions (NAMA) for the Kenya national climate change strategy and action plan. She has also been the lead expert for the SADC climate change programme, supported by IDRC Canada.

Prior to joining SEKU, She was a Research for Development Programme Officer, Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) based in Tunisia, from April 2007-August 2010. At OSS, she worked with 23 African countries on multilateral environmental agreements; conservation of biodiversity, mitigation of the impacts of desertification and climate change within sub-Saharan Africa. Her main focus was on bridging the gap between research and policy and creating of synergy on the Multilateral Environmental Agreements and integrating them into national, regional and international frameworks such poverty reduction, Millennium Development Goals, among others. Dr.Amwata was the Nairobi Work Programme Focal Point, EMC’s Ecosystems Analyst and Participatory Rural Appraisal expert.

Having also worked for Kenya Wildlife Service for five years, she has a wide experience in research with respect to ecosystem dynamics, livelihoods and food security, natural resource management, and conflicts management in the drylands. She has supported the development of the Shaba National reserve management plan and Narok/Mara management plan, Kenya elephant management strategy among others.

Publications and articles

Amwata D. A., Nyariki, D. M; Musimba, N.R.K(2015). Factors influencing agropastoral and pastoral households’ vulnerability to food insecurity in the drylands of Kenya: A Case study of Kajiado and Makueni Counties. Journalof International Development, DOI: 10.1002.:3123.
Nyasimi M., Amwata, D. A., Hove L, Kinyangi ,J., Wamukoya, G. 2014. Evidence of Impact: Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa. CCAFS Working Paper no. 86. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.
Nyasimi M, Amwata D, A., Hove L, Kinyangi J, Wamukoya G. 2014. Evidence of Impact: Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa: Success stories. CTA 2014 – ISSN 2212-633
Amwata D.A.,Nyariki, D.M. and Musimba, N.K.R. 2014. Climate Variability, Land-Use and Livelihoods in the Rangelands: Socio-Economic Perspective, 978-3-659-58445-9.Lambart Publishers, Germany.
Amwata D. A. and Mganga, K. Z. 2014. The African Elephant, Loxodontaafricana, and Food Security in Africa: Experiences from Baringo District, Kenya. The African elephant specialized group/Journal, Pachyderm 55: 9-15.
Amwata, D. A., Omondi, P.O. and Bitok, E. 2006. Human-wildlife in Baringo District, Kenya: case of elephants in Mochongoi forest. The African elephant specialized group/Journal, Pachyderm: 41: 30-36.
Briki M., Ben Khatra N., Jauffret S., Amwata D. A;,Requier Desjardins M., Benhanafia K., LamineGacemi M. Hassani A. 2007; Combining local observation and remote sensing for rangeland monitoring in arid zones »Actes du colloque Range Monitoring Expert Consultation Meeting organise par la FAO, Le Caire, 26-28 November 2007.
Amwata .D. A and Virgin, I. 2009. Developing an African regional science and policy network on sustainable Bioresourceutilisation. Paper presented during the project formulation workshop held on 29th-30th April 2009 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Amwata, D. A. 2009. The conceptual Framework for climate change programmes in Africa: adaptation and mitigation. Unpublished report, Observatoire du Sahara et du sahel (OSS) Tunis, Tunisia
Amwata, D. A. 2009. Methodological guide for assessment of the human capacity needed for the implementation of the Rio Environmental conventions. Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) publication  No. 65., Tunis-Tunisia.
Amwata, D. A.,Cornland, D., Toure, A., Appleton, A., Wagaki, M., Zougmore, R and Ghannem, J. 2009. Analysis of the BONN 2 climate change negotiations text: African perspective and prospects. First paper presented in the African pre-COP held in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. The Sahara and Sahel Observatory publication, No. 87.
Amwata A. D 2009. In drought stricken Kenya, the study on climate adaptation. http://www.alcoa.com/global/en/community/csf_releases/newsletters/dec_09/kenya.asp